District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2013-12-03
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports uneventful opening of muzzleloader deer season and pine marten and fisher trapping season. Snowmobile activity has started with the small amount of snow on the ground. Enforcement action was taken for no snowmobile safety certificate and no snowmobile registration.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored area forest roads, checked lakes, returned phone calls and worked on reports. Computer work is ongoing.
CO Dan Starr (Tower) worked on a large litter case with over four yards of garbage dumped on the Arrowhead Snowmobile Trail. The owners of the garbage were tracked down and a citation issued. State park issues were also addressed. Many after season calls were taken on various issues. A reminder for snowmobile owners to check registration now, instead of the first day of use.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) followed up on deer season cases, worked the muzzleloader deer season and marten, fisher, bobcat and wolf trapping openers, with several individuals checked. The officer assisted the State Patrol on a wrong way driver, a Christmas tree theft on the Superior National Forest, and the Hibbing PD with a call of a person threatening to kill several people at the hospital in Hibbing which was unfounded. A hunting dog owner reported illegal snare and body gripping trap sets, in which his dog had been caught in or nearly so. One trapper was already dealt with, while the other remains to be educated. A number of trappers are still neglecting to wear blaze orange, not realizing muzzleloader deer season hunting is underway.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) preformed follow up on numerous cases from deer season and turned in reports to court. Average ice thickness varies from 4-8 inches on area lakes and many anglers were seen out. Several instances where deer carcasses were dumped on public lands are being investigated. Fisher and pine marten trappers are out in full force.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reported area lakes have frozen over enough to allow walkers and some ATV traffic; some walleye are being caught. Trapping activity was checked and office work completed. Nice weather greeted muzzleloader hunters.
Ray - vacant.
I. Falls # 2 - vacant.